24 July 2017 @ 06:15 pm
Femslash Exchange 2017: Dates, FAQ and Rules  
Welcome to our fifth annual femslash exchange!

Nothing major has changed since last year, but please look over the rules again, even if you've signed up before.

Dates

All times are 6pm EDT

26 July-10 August: Nomination Period
13-23 August:: Signups open
26 August: Assignments will be sent out by this date
7 October: Fanworks due
13 October: Archive goes live (or as soon as everyone has a gift)
21 October: Creators revealed

Associated sites: LiveJournal Feed & Tumblr & AO3 Collection & Tag Set.


Fest FAQs:
Nominations
  • Before signups, we will have a nomination period for people to pick fandoms and relationships that they would like included in the fest. Each person can nominate up to five fandoms, with up to five pairings within each. Please only nominate fandoms that you plan to offer or request.

  • All fandoms in all media are welcome. Canon or non-canon pairings are welcome. Original works are welcome.

  • For the purpose of this fest, femslash is defined as fic or art containing a relationship between two or more characters who identify in canon as either female or genderqueer. (We do not mean to imply that genderqueer = female, but would like to include as many pairings as we can, and leave gender definitions to the participants' discretion). That means you may not request gender-altered/Rule-63/spectrum-shifting works for canon male-identified characters. To be clear:
    • You may request works about cis female-identified characters.

    • You may request works about transgender women, such as Ms Hudson from Elementary.

    • You may also request works about canonically genderqueer and gender-questioning characters regardless of their assigned gender, such as Franky from Skins UK, Alister/Athena from Huge, and Xavin from Runaways.

    • You may request a canonically always female alternate universe version of a character who is male in the main universe, such as Natasha Stark from Marvel 3490

    • You may not request works about characters who are male-identified in canon.

    • You may not request works about male-identified characters who are temporarily transformed or body swapped into an assigned-female body, such as Guy Gardner in Guy Gardner: Warriorette (if you don't know, don't ask).

  • Poly: We do allow poly groupings, so long as all the characters involved are eligible (f/f/f = fine; f/f/m = not in this fest, though you may list it as an option in your optional details.)

  • Crossovers: Please nominate crossovers as under the fandom: Crossovers - Fandom, and list the characters with their fandom after the character name (Example: Pepper Potts (MCU)/Seven of Nine (Star Trek: Voyager)

  • RPF: RPF characters must be 18 or over at the time of nomination, and must be public figures in their own right (no girlfriends/kids/parents of public figures permitted).

  • You must have an Archive of Our Own (AO3) account to participate in nominations and sign ups. If you do not have one already, you can leave a comment here or e-mail the mods for an invite code. (For more on AO3 and how to sign up, go here).


Sign Ups
You can edit/delete your signup until signups close.
This is an exchange fest, which means you must produce a fanwork for someone else. If you withdraw, it is harder for everyone involved. So please, think carefully if you have the time before signing up. If you discover after signing up that you can't finish in time, contact the moderators as soon as possible.

Requests
  • You will have an option to select whether you would like to receive art, fic or both. Obviously, "both" increases ease of matching, but you don't have to request a format you do not want.

  • Signups must include 4-6 fandoms from our list of nominated fandoms, and each fandom must have 1-6 pairings from the list of nominated pairings. We encourage people to request more than the minimum, as the more pairings you ask for, the easier matching will be.

  • You will be matched on fandom, pairing and format (fic or art).

  • While the description section is optional, we strongly suggest you include Do Not Wants. Any DNWs/triggers included in the description will be enforced by the mods. Other things to consider are the inclusion of general likes, rating restrictions, prompt ideas, or anything else you’d like the writer or artist to know. However, please remember that these are optional for the person assigned to you. If you've requested art, please remember that not all fic prompts translate well into art (more on that here). If you have a lot to say, consider linking to a letter in your own blog with the extra details.

  • In your signup, do not imply rank for pairings or otherwise specify a favourite pairing. There is no need to make the person you are assigned feel bad if you want something they are not comfortable writing or drawing.


Offers
  • You may offer to make art, write fic, or both.

  • You may offer between 4-10 fandoms, with 1-10 pairings per fandom. Obviously, the more pairings you offer, the easier matching will be. You can also choose to offer "any" pairing in a given fandom, but please check the tag set to ensure that you're comfortable writing or drawing any pairing listed.

  • You will be matched on fandom, pairing and format (fic or art).


Pinch Hitting
  • In the event we have issues matching someone, they will go out as a pinch hit right away. You can find the pinch hits here.

  • You do not have to have an AO3 account to pinch hit, as you may submit via the mod account. The mods will edit in credit and links to your own platform after the end of the anon period.

  • If you do pinch hit, you'll have the option of adding your requests to a special prompts post, so that those who'd like to can reward you with the gift of femslash!


Your Assignment
  • Your fanwork must focus on a requested pairing, and must include a romantic and/or sexual relationship of some kind. This is not a friendship ficathon. That means there should be some kind of f/f romance, longing, kissing, love, and/or sex. You're welcome to offer or request work featuring asexual characters as long as it's in the spirit of this rule.

  • You are not obligated to produce something for ALL pairings on which you are matched. Pick whatever you are comfortable with. However, if you want to write or draw more than one thing for your recipient, feel free.

  • You don’t have to write or draw the fandom/pairing you were matched on if something else your recipient requested interests you.

  • Creators are required to avoid featuring their recipient’s DNWs in their gifts. While it is not required, if possible, please consider using one of your recipient's prompts.

  • Betas are not required, but are strongly encouraged. Fic submissions with excessive spelling, punctuation and grammar errors and art submissions that look like drafts will be rejected. If your submission is rejected for this reason you can resubmit it after you've polished your work. We will have a beta sign up post.

  • Due to the nature of this fest, it is hard for extensions to be given. If you know you won't be able to submit by the due date, please default as soon as possible. If you default prior to the due date, you may participate next year with no problems. If you default two years in a row, simply fail to submit your work by the due date, submit an unfinished work, or delete your already-completed assignment, you will not be able to participate in the next fest.

  • If you withdraw and the person assigned to create something for you withdraws, you will not be assigned a pinch hitter.

  • If you have a problem with, any questions about, or cannot complete your assignment, please contact us immediately at femslashexmod@gmail.com.


Extras
  • Please finish your assignment before you start on treats.

  • You do not need an AO3 account to post treats; you may do so via the mod account. The mods will edit in credit and links to your own platform after the end of the anon period.

  • Treats of polished art and fic over 1000 words may be posted at any time. Please wait until the mod gives the word before posting shorter fic and sketches.

  • This fest has mandatory anon period for fic. Author names will be revealed one week after the archive goes live. Please do not promote your fic before that time.

  • The anon period for art is optional. Because of concerns about crossposting without attribution, artists may sign their work and may link to it, but they are requested not to crosspost the full art until all the end of the anon period. (For more on this, read here.)


Be respectful. Please realize that everyone has different likes/interests/squicks.


Fest Rules:
  1. All fic have to be a minimum of 1,000 words, and be of a quality that you'd be happy to receive as a gift.. There is no maximum word count.

  2. Art must be polished, and be of a quality that you'd be happy to receive as a gift. There is no maximum size for art or page limit for comics. Art must be hand or digitally drawn. We are not accepting manips at this time.

  3. Submissions may be any rating.

  4. Submissions must be femslash, and must focus on a requested pairing.

  5. Please don't talk about the specifics of your assignment in public until the creators are revealed. We'd like it to be a surprise for everyone.

  6. Gfts can't be part of a previously posted series.



Please do not hesitate to leave a comment here or contact us at femslashexmod@gmail.com, if you have any questions/comments/concerns.

Rules compiled from [livejournal.com profile] rarepairfest and [community profile] femslash12.
 
 
19 September 2017 @ 07:24 pm
Pinch Hit #10  
 To claim, comment on the Google Group or e-mail femslashexmod@gmail.com

Pinch Hit #10
Fandoms: Overwatch, The Bold Type, RWBY, Game Of Thrones, Black Sails, DCU (Comics)
Medium/s: Fanfic
Claimed!
 
 
17 September 2017 @ 08:03 pm
Pinch Hits #7-9  
 We have 3 new pinch hits available. To claim, e-mail the mods at femslashexmod@gmail.com, or comment on the Google Group

Pinch Hit #7
Fandoms: Dishonored, Imperial Radch series - Ann Leckie, Original Work, Mass Effect
Medium/s: Fanfic
Claimed!
Pinch Hit #8
Fandoms: Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Affinity - Sarah Waters, Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
Medium/s: Fanfic
Claimed!

Pinch Hit #9
Fandoms: Undertale, Revolutionary Girl Utena, The Adventure Zone, Gatchamon Crowds, Homestuck
Medium/s: Fanfic, fanart
Claimed!
 
 
17 September 2017 @ 07:25 pm
3 Weeks To Go  
Or two weeks and six days, rather. The countdown is still visible here. All pinch hits are currently claimed, but the pinch hit list is always open for volunteers, as is the beta reader list. And do not forget to double- (or triple-)check your Dear Creator letters to make certain they are unlocked and readable. ... In short, same song and dance as before, but keep those tap shoes tapping. :-)
 
 
16 September 2017 @ 06:27 pm
Pinch Hit #6  
 We have a new pinch hit: fandoms are Critical Role, Doctor Who, Dragon Age, Hunger Games, Mass Effect, and Crossovers. Claim at the Google Group or by e-mailing femslashexmod@gmail.com !

Claimed!
 
 
13 September 2017 @ 07:59 pm
Pinch Hit #5  
 We have a fifth pinch hit, which can be claimed at the Google Group linked below or by e-mailing the mods at femslashexmod@gmail.com.

Pinch Hit #5
Fandoms: The Comfortable Courtesan, Lord Peter Wimsey - Dorothy L. Sayers, DC Cinematic Universe, Cinderella (fairy tale), Disney - All Media Types

Claimed!
 
 
12 September 2017 @ 01:36 pm
Pinch Hit #4  
We have our fourth pinch hit going out now, which can be claimed at the Google Group for the exchange or by e-mailing femslashexmod@gmail.com.

Pinch Hit #4
Fandoms: 청춘시대 | Age of Youth (TV), Mad Max Series (Movies), Killjoys (TV), Shadowhunters (TV)

Claimed, thanks everyone!
 
 
10 September 2017 @ 03:40 pm
4 Weeks To Go  
Technically, three weeks and six days to go. As [personal profile] withinadream noted, there is a countdown you can observe here. My apologies for missing it by a day. All pinch hits are currently claimed, but the pinch hit list is still open, and there is always a need for beta readers. Please also double-check your Dear Creator letters to make certain they are unlocked and readable.
 
 
07 September 2017 @ 09:27 am
Pinch Hit 3 + Reminder to unlock your letters!  
We have our third pinch hit going out now, which can be claimed at the Google Group for the exchange or by e-mailing femslashexmod@gmail.com.

Pinch Hit #3
Fandoms: Hunger Games, The Vampire Diaries, Baby Driver, Kill Bill, From Dusk Till Dawn, Xena

Claimed, thanks everyone!

We have also been fielding a few requests for more information from creators. So a quick reminder to please monitor the email connected to your AO3 account, and to complete and unlock your Dear Creator letters if you haven't already.

Happy creating everyone!
 
 
02 September 2017 @ 11:35 am
5 Weeks To Go  
 There are five weeks left until works are due (countdown here). There are no outstanding pinch hits, but subscribe to the pinch hit list/keep your eye on the comm if you're looking to claim any that come up! You can also sign up to beta. If you haven't unlocked or updated a Dear Creator letter, this is a good time to do so!
 
 
25 August 2017 @ 02:32 pm
Assignments Out and Initial Pinch Hits!  
 Assignments are now out! There are two initial pinch hits, which can be claimed at the Google Group for the exchange or by e-mailing femslashexmod@gmail.com. 

Pinch Hit #1 Claimed before I could post this to Dreamwidth!

Pinch Hit #2
Fandoms: A Song of Ice and Fire, Person of Interest, DC Cinematic Universe, Star Trek: Classic Timeline, Game of Thrones, Marvel Netflix
Claimed!

 
 
23 August 2017 @ 07:30 pm
2017 Pinch Hit List  
Okay, make that two important things to remember: There are certain to be pinch hits for any exchange, so, if you'd be interested in doing that, make sure you subscribe to the pinch hit list (it's a Google Group) and keep your eyes peeled for anything we send down that pipe.
 
 
23 August 2017 @ 07:30 pm
2017 Beta List  
As we prep for assignments to go out, there is one important thing to remember: More often than not, a writer needs a beta! If you'd like to offer your services as a beta, just copy-paste the stuff in the white box below, then answer the questions it poses in a comment to this post.

 
 
23 August 2017 @ 05:27 pm
Sign-Ups Closed  
 Sign ups for Femslashex 2017 are now closed! We'll run matching tonight, and assignments will be out by August 26 at the latest.
 
 
23 August 2017 @ 10:05 am
Sign-Ups – Eight-Hour Warning  
As promised, this is your last reminder: Sign-ups will be ending today, in about eight hours, at 6 PM EDT (10 PM GMT). This is your last chance to sign up for this challenge, but there is still just a little time left for you to join in the femslash. For details, please refer to the original sign-up post. Leave no femslash behind!
 
 
22 August 2017 @ 06:15 pm
Sign-Ups – One-Day Warning  
Almost time to ring the gong again! But we're not quite there yet. You've still got about twenty-four hours to sign up for this challenge before sign-ups close at 6 PM EDT (10 PM GMT) tomorrow (Wednesday, August 23). Details for signing up are still located at this post if you have any questions about how anything works for this step in the process.

If you haven't signed up, you've still got time. I'll be back tomorrow to give you all one last reminder before time is well and truly up. Until then, it's not too late!
 
 
13 August 2017 @ 08:36 pm
Dear Creator Letters  
Sign ups are open, which means it's time for Dear Creator letters.

Make sure to include your AO3 username, fandoms and pairings as well as the link.

Please wait until after you have completed/unlocked your letter post, if need be, before commenting here.

You can include additional pairings in your letter if you have more than six pairings you like in a fandom. But please take care to make sure they are clearly optional and include more information about the pairings that are actually in your sign up so your creator doesn't feel bad about being unable to write a pairing if they matched with you on something else.

Please also be respectful of other participants if they have different preferences in fic and requests to you.
 
 
13 August 2017 @ 07:35 pm
Sign Ups are open!  
*drumroll* We're a little early again, but sign ups are now open at the 2017 AO3 Collection.

They will remain open until 6PM EDT August 23 2017 (Countdown Clock)

You must be logged into an AO3 account to sign up. Remember you can shoot us an email at femslashexmod@gmail.com and we can help you out with an invitation if you do not already have an account.

Don't forget to check out the small fandoms post for ideas and to promote your favourite fandoms.

Go over the rules one more time before starting your sign up. A quick reminder of the important points:

Requests
  • You may request four to six fandoms from the list of nominated fandoms.

  • For each request, do not forget that you can request art, fic, or both.

  • For each fandom you must request one to six pairings from the list of nominated pairings. If you choose to request any pairing, double-check the list of nominated pairings for that fandom and make certain that any of the pairings listed are all right by you.

  • Your match will be based on fandom, pairing, and format (i.e. fic or art).

  • While the description section is optional, we strongly suggest you include Do Not Wants. Any DNWs/triggers included in the description will be enforced by the mods, however all other details will be optional for your writer or artist. You can also include a link to a Dear Creator letter if you would like to provide more information.

Offers
  • You may offer four to ten fandoms from the list of nominated fandoms.

  • Each fandom you offer must have one to ten pairings from the list of nominated pairings. If you choose to offer any pairing, double-check the list of nominated pairings for that fandom and make certain that any of the pairings listed are all right by you.

  • Again, as for requests, you can offer art, fic, or both.

Don't forget...
  • Check the Uncategorised and the No Media sections of the tag set for extra fandoms, crossovers, and original work tags.

  • Occasionally, after you select a fandom, pairings you want might not appear in the drop-down menu despite already being in the tag set. If that happens, please copy and paste the pairing you want from the tag set, but remember that you need to get it exactly the same.

  • You may edit your sign up as much as you like between now and the close of sign-ups.

  • Please read over your sign-ups one last time before they close. After all, what if you ticked the wrong box?

  • If you write a Dear Creator letter, you can share them at our letters post!

  • Your assignment will need to be completed and posted by 6PM EDT on October 7. Please consider carefully whether you will be able to commit to that deadline before signing up.

Keep an eye out for the new how-to post coming over the next few days if you're new to exchanges, or drop us a comment if you have any questions.
 
 
11 August 2017 @ 11:51 am
Small Fandoms!  
Nominations are closed, the queue has been emptied and corrections have been made (if you spot any ongoing issues, your nomination hasn't appeared in the tagset, you have an opinion on the remaining unclarified Wonder Woman crossover pairings or other issues raised previously, please head over to the last wrangling post and let us know), and now we're just waiting for sign-ups to start.

So it's the perfect time to pitch your small fandoms and rare pairs to everyone!

Tell us why you love it, show us pretty pictures of your favs, link us to the canon (legal options only please), and make your best case for why someone should consider adding your fandom to their requests or offers list.

To make it easy to browse, please put the name of your fandom and/or pairing in the subject line of your comment if you're posting on Dreamwidth. If you're on Tumblr, make sure to use the femslashex tag!

And a reminder if you want to make sure you're ready for sign-ups opening but you don't have an AO3 account yet, shoot us an email at femslashexmod@gmail.com and we can help you out with an invitation.
 
 
10 August 2017 @ 06:15 pm
Nominations Are Closed  
Okay, let me take a step back, wind up, aaand — !

*GONG*

Whew. There we go. Got it. That's it for nominations, folks. Barring any weirdness, sign-ups should be open in three days, on Sunday, August 13. During the next three days, the tag set is going to undergo its final set of tweaks before we get sign-ups moving, so feel free to keep browsing it and let us know if there's weird stuff in there that we've missed. (Or just keep browsing it to bask in all the potential femslash. That's fine, too!)
 
 
09 August 2017 @ 10:00 am
Nominations – One-Day Warning  
It's not time to sound the gong just yet, but it is time to pick up the mallet and start taking my practice swings. Nominations close tomorrow (Thursday, August 10) at 6 PM EDT (10 PM GMT). You still have plenty of time to nominate your femslash. Thank you all for your assistance thus far in keeping our tag set cleaned up as nominations progress, and please feel free to let us know here if you have any comments, concerns, questions, etc.